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General Eisenhower Briefing Paratroopers

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Before members of "Easy Company" - of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (Strike), 101st Airborne Division - depart for the Normandy invasion, they talk with General Eisenhower.  He is briefing them on June 5, 1944.

Maintained by the Library of Congress, this photo has the following official description

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the order of the Day.  "Full victory - nothing less" to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe.

The General is meeting with US Co. E, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (Strike) of the 101st Airborne Division at Greenham Common Airfield in England.  The time was about 8:30 p.m. on the night before D-Day. 

According to reports, the General was also talking about fly fishing with his men.  He often did that, before a difficult operation began.

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Image, described above, online courtesy Library of Congress.

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